I love feedback. It’s hard to come by and valuable during all parts of the journey through a work in progress. It’s one of the reasons for critique groups and one of the reasons to submit to contests – many offer feedback. Everyone knows that feedback is not all created equal, and it’s up to the writer to decide what’s right for their work and what isn’t.
It’s not hard to determine when something is off and not right for your work. It’s not hard to know when something is a great piece of advice and you should leap on it yesterday. What bothers me is when it’s so far off that it makes no sense. Then it leaves me wondering what book the person read because it couldn’t have been mine. It’s only happened to me twice, but both times I’ve racked my brain to figure out where that particular comment came from, how they came to that particular conclusion from my story, and what to do about it. In my case, I went to other writers and trusted readers to make sure that it wasn’t a problem with the work itself. When dealing with feedback, there is effective input, criticism that doesn’t work, and some that is just unexplainable.
How do you deal with it?